The horror unleashed in December at Newtown CT certainly got the gun-control proposals started. While efforts continue to find a workable solution to the proliferation of weaponry, I would like to offer another sort of proposal, this one taking aim (pardon me) at portrayals of violence in the media, especially in motion pictures.
bullets and explosions will abound, along with a certain wry humor. And the studios hope to net millions and millions and millions from this formula.
How many millions have our governments (local, state, national; county/parish) and schools had to spend to protect citizens from just the sort of chaos unleashed by gun violence? Here in Chicago, the gun violence is just ridiculous, but the city doesn't have the resources to strengthen the police presence that helps keep things just under the boiling point.
You see where this is going.
So, for my proposal: Every bullet that whizzes by on a film, every time that film is projected $1 goes to fund the police in the municipality where the movie was shown? Naturally, it could be be directed to other projects (non-profit orgs like Cease Fire, for instance). That's for others to determine.
Is it enough to have a fee per bullet? What about explosions? $5, maybe? Right now we don't have an explosion problem so much as a madman/gangbanger with a gun problem, so I'm not sure we need to tackle explosions, too. (However, if Hollywood gets tired of being nickel-and-dimed over bullets, though, they may very well move to more explosions, in which case the copycats out there might make a similar move.)
Okay, so I'm not totally serious. Not about the dollar per bullet thing, anyway. But I am serious about filmmakers getting serious about onscreen violence, especially the kind of violence that is the whole point of an action film. Why do they get a free pass in the name of artistic license, when it is everyone else who pays the price?